Thursday, August 28, 2008

2008 SIDS Walk

I want to thank everyone for showing us so much support!! We had a great time at the SIDS walk! It was very bittersweet.



My friend, Christi. She drove all the way up to Mason City to support me. She dropped everything with little info of what was going on the morning Andy died and came to watch the girls while we were at the hospital with him. She is the most amazing friend. She drove over to bring me cheddar bay biscuits when I was having one of those pregnant cravings. She's always here to talk to. I love her.

But, let's play a game - how many chins does Amie have? and Christi - how do you get your teeth so white??

and here is the balloon release - we had a welcome and memorial time for our babies and then released the balloons. as I watched them fly up into the cloudless blue sky, I was overwhelmed. Harry and I held each other and sobbed. I understood where Andy was. I watched the many balloons floating together and I was amazed - that's too many babies.

They had popcorn, snow cones, face/hand painting, air-jumping for the kids, and...

Raffles. My girls won this girly basket with lots of summer activities - they chased bubbles for a good 20 minutes after opening it.

As I watched the line of many many people in front of us during the walk, and babies names on posters along the path, I just walked with tears. Where have these people been? What is their story? Which baby brought them there that day? How old was their baby?
How can this many babies just die in their sleep? And I realized that someone had to find each of these babies lifeless in what was supposed to be a refreshing rest. And so it began - for each one of these families - this sudden whirlwind of disbelief and doubt. That paralizing reality. I knew with my brain that I was not the only one - but being there made my heart agree. This and the balloon release were my favorite parts.

I have such a blessing for a family - for making sure my girls were taken care of on a very emotional day. For dropping everything else and coming to show their support - for the donations they received, as well as their own for SIDS, for standing together for us every step of the way, I could go on and on.......I just love them.

Brenda and Stacy - Crack me up.

I got to meet so many friendly, great people. The whole day was an enormous blessing!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

IT'S CALLED PHOTO SHOP!!! THAT IS WHY THEY LOOK WHITE! :)
IT WAS AN AMAZING DAY. SCARY AND LOVING ALL AT THE SAME TIME. I WILL NEVER FORGET THE STACY WADDLE COMING OUT OF THE VAN RUNNING TO ME TO GIVE ME A HUG. I LOVE THEM AND YOU! THANKS FOR LETTING CAT AND I SHARE IN YOUR SPECIAL DAY!
LOVE,
CHRISTI

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

"but being there made my heart agree" Amazing.

Much love bloggy friend.

Heth said...

What a precious day that must have been. Overwhelming I'm sure, but maybe healing too?

melanie said...

Looks like it was an amazing day. So many babies, unbelievable.

ann said...

Thank you for sharing this day with us, Amie. *hug*

Chris @ Come to the Table said...

Oh, Amie
What a wonderful day! I love the pictures. I can only imagine what you must have been experiencing as you saw all these other moms and dads who have experienced such a difficult loss. I have been thinking of you alot lately and thinking of Andy.
Thank you for sharing your day with us!